Saturday, January 30, 2010

Police priorities

I rarely link to JuliaM's blog—mainly because I am usually reduced to paroxyms of rage after reading it. Not, I should point out, because JuliaM is herself annoying or because she does anything else than fillet, rather well, the articles to which she links: no, it is because JuliaM tends to chronicle the everyday stupidities and irritations meted upon people by the filth known as "bureaucracy".

Today, however, I thought that I'd use a piece to make a point about the police, as JuliaM looks at the shooting of some abnormally young Liverpudlian thug.
One woman, who refused to be named for fear of reprisals, said a petrol bomb had been thrown at the house where Lewis died just last week.

'There has been trouble between youths here for months,' she said.

Savour that. Even with the little scumbag cooling on a slab, this woman is too frightened to give her name to the press.

Indeed. Well, you know what it's like: the police have soooooo much to do these days. Plus, as Counting Cats points out, it is far easier to arrest motorists for blowing their noses, eh?

Think I'm kidding? I'm not.
A businessman has been fined £60 and had his driving licence endorsed for blowing his nose while stuck in a traffic jam.

Michael Mancini, a furniture restorer from Prestwick, Ayrshire, was given the fixed penalty and docked three penalty points after leaning over and pulling out a paper handkerchief to wipe his nose when stuck in Ayr High Street. Mancini said that his van was in neutral with its handbrake on, and that he was flabbergasted when he was signalled into a parking bay by an approaching policeman.

Matters became “a little bit surreal”, he said, when he wound down his window and was promptly charged by the stern-faced PC Stuart Gray, a man known locally as “Shiny Buttons” in recognition of his zealous attention to detail. “I honestly thought it was a joke,” said Mancini, 39, who was booked for failing to be in control of his vehicle.

“I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding’. But he was absolutely deadpan. He’s a policeman, so you’re not going to start shouting abuse at him. I thought, ‘What is the world coming to?’ You pick the papers up every day and they are full of horror stories — but this bloke has nothing more to do with his time.”

We have murders, rapes, robberies. We also have runny noses.
PC Gray earned notoriety for doling out a £50 fine to Stewart Smith, another Ayr man, who dropped a £10 note from his back pocket. Mr Smith was charged with littering.

Ladies and gentlemen we have ourselves a fascist! That is beyond human comprehension.

I think that it is time that the police are given a serious lecture on their fucking priorities, frankly. One of the Peelian Principles stated that...
  1. The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

By this measure, many police forces—especially those in Liverpool—have failed. Utterly.

Another principle states that...
  1. Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

By which measure, I think that we can honestly say that PC Gray has also failed.

There is a basic problem with priorities here, people. Some areas of Britain are riddled with crime—it is endemic. In other areas, the police are arresting people for stupid, non-crimes. There needs to be a re-alignment so that the police priorities are those of the general public's: for, as Peel's principles also state...
  1. The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public approval of police actions.

  2. Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.

We need elected police chiefs and we need them now—oh, and Sir Hugh Orde and his corporatist Association of Police Chief Officers can go fuck themselves.

In the meantime, I suggest that PC Gray is deployed to Liverpool and let's see how fucking shiny his button stay then, the fascist cunt.

19 comments:

Dick Puddlecote said...

Isn't litter defined as something which would make streets untidy for other people? How long would a tenner stay on the ground in anywhere other people gather?

James Higham said...

Yes, damned good blog she has over there but it does reduce the happiness factor for the reasons you state, DK.

James Marwood said...

Mr Mancini might have been better advised to reject the fixed penalty notice and take the issue to a magistrate. He is far more likely to get some sense there...

John R said...

When did the police stop being MY police?

You remember (I certainly do), the folk that would nick criminals and get them off the streets. The guys that would make sure you could walk home at night and not get mugged or raped. The people that your Mum would tell you to talk to when you were a kid if you were lost. The blokes that you'd see wandering around your neighbourhood chatting to shopkeepers and making sure the local "likely lads" knew whose street it was.

Sounds a bit "Dixon of Dock Green" but it's how it was when I was young. It seems like we're on a different planet now and what I remember wasnt really the way things used to be in English towns a generation ago.

a public sector stooge ingratiating themselves with people who should know better said...

Would that be the same JuliaM that waded into the comments section at Old Holborn's on the death of Ian Tomlinson?

http://bastardoldholborn.blogspot.com/2009/04/tomlinson-2nd-autopsy-covered-up-for.html

Hard to believe, don't you think, DK?

Just a whiff of stasi fakery, methinks.

jamblichus said...

Wellfuckingsaid Sir. Somebody needs to take these cunts to task. I really despair of this happening however... who could actually be persuaded to do so, (if the political will ever, miraculously, appeared?) No rhetorical question: is there anyone in the police ranks even remotely known as a reformer?

DocBud said...

If you genuinely believe that all coppers are bastards you will never be disappointed in your interactions with plod, and you might just, one day, be pleasantly surprised. I've made it to 50 without being pleasantly surprised yet.

The filth's primary loyalty is to themselves, it is a self-perpetuating, self-serving organisation. No lie is to big to protect a fellow officer. Their second loyalty is to the government, whom they regard as the paymasters. Any benefit the general public receives is fortuitous and unintended.

Even for such a complete and utter set of bastards, Constable Savage, sorry Gray, seems to be a particularly odious piece of bottom feeding, pond scum. I'm sure, were you to piss on him if he was on fire, he'd nick you for urinating in public.

JuliaM said...

Cheers for link, praise indeed! :)

"When did the police stop being MY police? "

When their leaders abandoned the Peelian Principles in favour of cozying up to every slimy politician and swivel-eyed 'focus group' going...

"Would that be the same JuliaM..."

Yes indeed it would be. And sorry to disturb your tinfoil hat, but no stasi fakery here.

Sometimes, first reports aren't what we might dearly wish them to be.

Even the police are themselves learning that one by now...

"If you genuinely believe that all coppers are bastards you will never be disappointed in your interactions with plod, and you might just, one day, be pleasantly surprised."

A bit harsh.

I think those decent cops that haven't yet fled the country in despair are probably just as peeved with the actions of the Button Man of Ayrshire, because it makes their job even more difficult as a result.

manfromthefuture said...

could he really have been found guity of not being in control of his vehicle if it was stationary and the brake was on, should he have taken up the matter legally?

or do they all just close ranks.

a public sector stooge ingratiating themselves with people who should know better said...

"And sorry to disturb your tinfoil hat"

There was no tinfoil hat to disturb, just recollection and deduction. And, you're quite the one-trick pony in regards to implying that others are paranoid when your veneer rubs a little thin, aren't you?

"Sometimes, first reports aren't what we might dearly wish them to be."

Cheap and tacky presumptive structure, there, JM. I didn't "dearly wish" for reports of Mr Tomlinson's demise to be one thing or the other, just accurate. Initial statements from the police were quite misleading, were they not? "no contract" was, I think, their choice of wording - until the video turned up, that is.

Nice try with the orthogonal link. What are you like, ey?

You've been rumbled, get over yourself.

Anonymous said...

When dealing with the filth it helps to state your name & address then keep your mouth shut& have your day in court.

Eric Blair said...

You might be surprised to learn that there are plenty of plods out there who try every day to work in accordance with the Peelian principles. Unfortunately the 'organisation is corrupted with Stalinist values and increasingly run by socialist cunts as is all too obvious by shite like this.
Trust me...

JuliaM said...

"...Initial statements from the police were quite misleading, were they not? "no contract" was, I think, their choice of wording..."

I presume you meant 'contact'. Or is everything PFI'ed to the hilt in the new police force, even getting a whack with a baton?

"..You've been rumbled.."

As what? And by whom?

And who's my secret paymaster? I need to know. There's a pair of shoes I've got my eye on...

JuliaM said...

"When dealing with the filth it helps to state your name & address then keep your mouth shut& have your day in court."

Indeed. I believe no less a blogger than Nightjack himself gave that advice to the general public coming into contact with the police, didn't he?

http://nightjack2.wordpress.com/2008/07/24/a-survival-guide-for-decent-folk/

And he should know...

DocBud said...

JuliaM says:

"A bit harsh."

Not in my experience, though I'm prepared to concede that there are two kinds of copper: evil bastards and useless bastards.

Robin said...

Elected Chief Constables (and Judiciary ) would stop this nonsense.

Eric Blair said...

Speed the day, speed the day...!
Small town and county forces again too.
No problem with national standard procedures, equipment etc., but I truly believe that where policing is concerned, small is beautiful.

a public sector stooge ingratiating themselves with people who should know better said...

"I presume you meant 'contact'. Or is everything PFI'ed to the hilt in the new police force, even getting a whack with a baton?"

I apologise for the typo, not that I meant anything by it. It is, however, quite impossible to discern what meaning you were attempting to convey. Assuming you did have a coherent response in mind, would you be so good as to frame it appropriately.

"As what? And by whom?"

There's no mystery but I'll do you the courtesy of answering, even though you appear to be incapable of doing so in anything other than the most embarrassingly fatuous and superficial manner:

As "a public sector stooge ingratiating themselves with people who should know better". By me.

"And who's my secret paymaster? I need to know."

No secret either. Just the visceral bias of "a public sector stooge ingratiating themselves with people who should know better".

Your comments on the circumstances surrounding the death of Ian Tomlinson, and even your responses here, are crass and shameful; but hey, that's your choice, isn't it.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of police, and crime statistics...I almost fell off my chair when I saw Jacqui Smith stand up at PMQs and actually have the audacity to try and score a point by mentioning the Tories being caught 'dead to rights' with dodgy crime stats? Are you kidding me? This is the same worthless twit who was caught out with her own dodgy stats about the Crime Rate supposedly falling under her watch? The same woman who was caught out on dodgy expenses & forced to resign? The same woman whose husband was caught sending out anonymous letters to the press praising her work?

This woman is so entirely clueless. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. I am gob-smacked by her arrogance, her inability to accept how incompetent she was in the Cabinet, and her refusal to just fukk off and crawl into a hole somewhere.